Theatre North at the Princess and BELL BAY ALUMINIUM have a wonderful partnership which has resulted in the KAT (Kids Accessing Theatre) project. Bell Bay Aluminium has committed to a sponsorship of $5,000 per year for three years (2012-2014).
The money has been used to help schools in the Tamar Valley region enjoy a trip to the theatre. These schools are a considerabe distance from the Princess and the cost of bus transport puts pressure on excursion budgets. Through the KAT project we have been able to subsidise ticket prices and transport costs for school groups attending shows in our subscription season.
This sponsorship has been matched dollar-for-dollar through Creative Partnerships Australia - Premier's Arts Partnership Fund.
We would love to see this project grow through private donations and other business partnerships. Could your business sponsor a school in 2015? Read more about the KAT project here.
Bell Bay Aluminium's Paul King with representatives from Theatre North and Beaconsfield, South George Town and Star of the Sea schools at the launch of the KAT project in December 2011.
About Bell Bay Aluminium:
Bell Bay Aluminium was the first aluminium smelter in the southern hemisphere. It commenced operation in 1955 as a joint venture between the Tasmanian and Australian governments, primarily to overcome Australia's dependence on the import of aluminium.
Tasmania was elected as the location for the smelter because of the state's hydro electric generating capacity. Bell Bay was chosen because of the availability of a deep water port. In its first year of operation it produced just 1200 tonnes.
Today, the business produces 180,000 tonnes of quality aluminium each year for domestic and international markets. Bell Bay Aluminium enjoys a hard fought reputation for quality and reliability and despite its age and distance from markets, it has maintained a position of leadership in a highly competitive global industry.
The smelter is one of the state's largest employers, currently employing more than 500 men and women. Our economic contribution to the state and particularly to Northern Tasmania is significant. In 2011 we spent more than $216 million on goods and services with 399 Tasmanian suppliers.
We have a long-standing tradition of supporting Tasmania and its communities through a range of initiatives including community grants, community assistance and strategic community partnerships. Our commitment to the well-being of our staff, the environment and our communities will continue as we strive to operate as a safe, internationally competitive and responsible business.